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Denwa Backwater Escape

Satpura Tiger Reserve

Madhya Pradesh

Denwa Backwater Escape is the latest enterprise in an expanding portfolio of Pugdundee’s stylish lodges and overlooks the mesmerising backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River. Its glorious location takes in the panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands and the rolling Pachmarhi hills. Built on ten acres of forested land, it lies across the river from the park. A short hop by boat then a jeep or an elephant gets you deeper into the forests. The lodge has been built using local materials like stone and baked tiles, but the design is contemporary rather than rustic. The interiors of the rooms are done up in style with leather safari furniture using local craftsmanship. The main buildings and the swimming pool use handcrafted furniture made from recycled wood and old railway sleepers, ensuring use of local artisan skills and minimum impact on this stunning landscape.
  • Activities offered include nature walks; walking and jeep safaris; kayaking; cycling; night safaris; and for the adventurous even camping options in the park. Naturally, the lodge provides trained naturalists to accompany their guests on all these activities.
  • Choose one of 8 luxuriant river-view cottages or 2 riverview tree houses, all en suite. The cottages have a large terrace where you can sleep out under a glorious panoply of stars. Staff will arrange for mosquito netting on request. All come with intercom facility, air conditioning and power back up.
  • The dining hall overlooks the tranquil Denwa River and serves a variety of Indian, Continental and local cuisines cooked with fresh produce sourced from neighbouring villages. Open from 1st October to 30th June. 
  • Open from 1st October to 30th June.
  • Nearest airport - Bhopal (150 km), Jabalpur (250 km), Nagpur (325 km) 
    Nearest railhead - Sohagpur (20 km), Pipariya (40 km), Itarsi (70 km) 
    Nearest park gate - Madhai (1 km)
  • Children of all ages are welcome.
  • From £116 From price based on lowest category room per night. Enquire direct to get full range of pricing and to book.
  • In-house lodge naturalist
  • Swimming pool
  • Bikes
  • Wifi access

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Satpura Tiger Reserve

After you get on a ferry on the Tawa dam, your gateway to this park, you will encounter rugged hills and steep mountains with sandstone peaks, narrow water filled gorges, deep ravines, dense sal and teak forests, as well as quiet coves and bays on which crocodiles bask and spotted deer drink. This is real explorers’ country. With real vision, Satpura is set up differently to most other Tiger Reserves in India, allowing you a far more immersive nature experience within its bounds inclu Read more>>

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